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Man arrested by detectives investigating 'historical abuse' in football

Detectives investigating historical allegations of abuse related to football have arrested a man aged in his 70s, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Officers arrested the man from Cambridge at a property in the city on Friday morning.

He was arrested on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault. He is currently in custody.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said officers were working closely with partners including the Football Association, the local children's safeguarding boards for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cambridge and Peterborough United the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and Cambridgeshire county and Peterborough city councils.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) set up Operation Hydrant, a massive police investigation into allegations of "non-recent" child sex abuse within institutions or by people of public prominence, in 2014.

The investigation into football's child sex abuse scandal forms part of this, and latest NPCC figures show more than 500 victims and 184 potential suspects have been identified.

The inquiry involves 248 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game from the Premier League down to amateur level, the NPCC said.

Latest figures show the number of potential victims stands at 526, with 97% identified as male. Their ages span from 20 to four.

A hotline was set up to report abuse after the scandal broke late last year when a number of high-profile ex-footballers came forward to say they were victims of sexual abuse as youngsters.

Police forces across the UK received calls from victims and people offering information.

The NPCC said 22 referrals relate to other sports including rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket and swimming.

Investigations are being prioritised based on an assessment of immediate risk and harm.

Police said due to the high number of calls received, it may take longer than normal for an officer from a local force to make contact but all information provided will be taken seriously and acted upon.

The Football Association has also begun an independent review, led by Clive Sheldon QC, into its handling of allegations in the years before 2005.

Victims or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the NSPCC and FA helpline on 0800 023 2442.

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